The Institute of Culinary Education

The Institute of Culinary Education

Financial District, New York, New York
(940 Reviews)

The Institute of Culinary Education runs America’s largest program of “hands-on” cooking, baking and wine education classes.

Courses are offered day and night and 355 days a year. ICE is located at Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street, on the 3rd Floor in lower Manhattan. The typical class runs 4 hours, with a maximum of 16 students.


Since 1975, the mission of ICE’s Recreational Program has been clear to provide a rich, fun and broad array of courses focusing on fundamental techniques, authentic & global cuisines, topical culinary concepts, and classic cooking methods. With over 1,500 courses a year, cooks at all levels from beginner to advanced can expand their palate and knowledge in our kitchens. From “Seafood Grilling”, “Knife Skills” and “Sushi Matsuri Festival” to “Classic French Macarons”, “Chocolate Desserts and “Do Ahead Entertaining” , ICE’s menu has something for everyone. Similarly, ICE’s Wine Education Program explores grapes from around the globe. Within our broad array of classes, you’ll find many specialized areas, based on topic, or even age. This includes class for couples and kids, and unique courses for those interested in Food Media, Advanced Pastry, Culinary Walking Tours and “How to Enter” the culinary business. ICE’s course schedule is released three times per year, for Fall, Winter and Spring / Summer.

Chef–Instructors & Teachers

ICE’s Chef-Instructors come from a wide and varied background, bringing their wealth of knowledge and experience to the kitchen classroom, and you. Most of our staff instructors have significant high-end restaurant experience, and visiting instructors include cookbook authors, notable working chefs, and nationally recognized experts.

What to Expect

Courses at ICE run one to five sessions (or days), with classes generally beginning at 10am or 6/6:30 pm. Multi session Techniques Courses meet either one day a week for multiple weeks, or on consecutive days the same week. We stock ICE’s pantries with the highest quality of ingredients and students will be supplied with recipe and instruction packs. Most classes conclude with a large, family-style meal, served with wine or beer; we have never known anyone to walk away hungry!

It’s no wonder that last year, 23,000 people took classes at ICE and that ICE is a past winner of the IACP “Cooking School of the Year” award. Come see what’s cooking at ICE!

Please note that a valid ID is required for entry into ICE's building.

Upon arrival to 225 Liberty Street, proceed to the security desk on the 2nd floor located next to Hudson Eats to check in.

If this is your first time visiting ICE, you may want to leave yourself 30 minutes to find your way to our lobby at 225 Liberty Street.

We will begin checking guests in 15 minutes before the class start time.Please note that classes will enjoy the menu at the end of class. While a snack platter is offered in both morning and evening classes, you may want to consider a light snack before joining us for class.Additionally, for those enrolled in a pastry or knife skills class, a meal is not planned so we recommend bringing a snack.Class menus subject to change.

Reviews of The Institute of Culinary Education

(940 Reviews)
The Perfect Tart

Timothy F.

Attended: The Perfect Tart

Really enjoyed the class. Instructor was great and accommodated all levels of experience.

Knife Skills 1


Attended: Knife Skills 1

Skills learned are transformative!! Sue and Cati were fabulous!

Knife Skills 1

Carolyn E.

Attended: Knife Skills 1

This was a great class and I learned so much! The instructors were wonderful and gave everyone attention and pointers.

Essentials of Tuscan Cooking

Jon Paul P.

Attended: Essentials of Tuscan Cooking

Edward and Trung were great. Very informative chefs and the recipes were fantastic. Would definitely recommend this class!

Knife Skills 1

Chris S.

Attended: Knife Skills 1

This knife skills class was awesome! We learned a ton and the instructors were really helpful. I would definitely come back here for another class in the future.

All About Technique: Fish Butchery

Diego F.

Attended: All About Technique: Fish Butchery

The class was excellent!! From the freshness of the ingredients to the detailed explanations from Rich, we enjoyed every moment (and every bite!) from this class :)

Frosted & Filled Cupcakes

Susan S.

Attended: Frosted & Filled Cupcakes

The instructors were spot on-serious, informative with a lot of laughs! My daughter and I had an incredible experience. We are signing up for another!

Knife Skills 1


Attended: Knife Skills 1

This was a great intro to knife skills class. The content was focused on the fundamentals but the instructor gave lots of attention to each student, making sure everyone was learning and progressing.

Paella Dinner Party

John r.

Attended: Paella Dinner Party

Better then expected

Dim Sum

Amanda W.

Attended: Dim Sum

This was my first ICE course. As an experience, it was alot of fun. As a cooking class, I was hoping to learn more and felt the way it was structured was a bit chaotic. There were just a few demos from the chef, and we were basically set loose to rush around the kitchen to cook 6 different recipes in 2.5 hours. The recipe instructions could have been more detailed, and it felt like they were being workshopped - one had a recommendation for a Worchester dipping sauce (for dumplings) that the chef instructor acknowledged was a mistake, and another recipe called for a steaming cooking method that the chef said we could skip in lieu of pan frying. Meatballs had to be steamed much longer than the recipe called for. I'd suggest for future classes a more organized approach - give attendees a brief overview of where to find everything in the kitchen. Make sure all the ingredients are adequately prepped (the wanton wrappers were not fully thawed for example and that made folding the dumplings more challenging). Use recipes that have been thoroughly reviewed/tested. The fun parts were working together - we all had to partner up with two neighbors to cook all 6 recipes in that time - and eating the delicious food together at the end. It was a fun date night for my husband and I.

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Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10281
The Institute of Culinary Education
Financial District, Manhattan
Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St, 3rd Floor
At West St
New York, New York 10281

Upcoming Classes at The Institute of Culinary Education

Chocolate Confections
Chocolate Confections
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Friday Apr 17th, 10am - 2pm Eastern Time

Teachers at The Institute of Culinary Education

Adam Sobel Adrienne Cheatham Alex Borgia Alex Orman Amanda Cushman Andrea Tutunjian Anita Jacobson Ann Nunziata Ann Rossi Anna Bullett Anna Arfaras Annette Tomei Annmarie Loffredo Anthony Caporale Anthony Sasso April Wachtel Ashley Santoro Ashton Keefe Brendan McDermott Bryce & Eamon Shuman & Rockey Cara Tannenbaum Carla Contreras Carmine Arroyo Cathy Kaufman Chad Pagano Charles Granquist Chef Instructor Chris Gesualdi Daniel Stone Daniel Rosati Daniela Hurtado Castro Dave Herman David Rosengarten David Goldstein Denisse Oller Diana Kuan Diana Kuan Edward Martinez Einat Mazor Einav Gefen Emily Peterson Faith Drobbin Fran Costigan Frank Proto Fraya Berg Gabe Thompson Gail Katz Gerri Sarnataro Gina Stipo Giovanna Bellia La Marca Greer Nuttall Herve Riou Hideyo Yamada Ingrid Wright Jackie Newgent James Briscione James Distefano James Briscione & Brooke Parkhurst James Briscione & Chad Pagano James Briscione and Anthony Caporale Jay Weinstein Jeff Yoskowitz Jennifer Iserloh Jennifer Abadi Jennifer McCoy Jill Burns Joel Gargano Karen DeMasco Kathryn Gordon Kian Lam Kho Kristen Miglore Leah Koenig Leticia Moreinos Schwartz Lisa Witkowski Liz Thorpe Liz Young Loren Banco Lourdes Reynoso Mamie Nishide Marge Perry Margot Olshan Maria Tampakis Max McCalman Melanie Cecilio Melanie Underwood Michael Garrett Michael Cecconi Michael Laiskonis Michelle Tampakis Mike Handal Miro Uskokovic Molly Stevens Nick Malgieri Olivia Roszkowski Pablo Sanchez Paula Shoyer Penny Stankiewicz Peter Berley Peter Johnson Quinn Ventura Regina Aragon-Espino Remy Forgues Renee Marton Rich LaMarita Richard Vayda Rob Liang Rob Laing Robert Ramsey Rupen Rao Sabrina Sexton Sam Kadko Samuel Merritt Sandy Murzin Sarah Chaminade Sarah Chaminade Scott McMillen Scott Barton Staff Instructor Stefanie Paganini Stephanie Teekaram Stephen Zagor Sue Gonsalves Ted Siegel Tia Cannon Timothy Sullivan Tracy Wilk Vicki Wells Vicki Caparulo W. Tish Wai Hon Chu Warren Bobrow Youngson Lee
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